On Monday, Salon published a piece by Tammy Delatorre entitled "Dating in a push-up bra." There's not much to say about it that can't be gleaned from reading the piece, except to say that it's unfortunate it didn't get a spot in the just-published Worst in Sex writing for 2013.
- "His head rests on my chest. We are naked, but he is unaroused."
- "Earlier in the evening when I tipped back a martini with extra olives, his eyes locked on my falsified feminine pillows."
- "Now in bed together, I think of signposts, yellow and black, which warn of wet, winding roads ahead. But mine bears a straight line."
- "I turn to the window. The moon, like my heart, is almost full, but never quite."
- "My heart wanes a little just remembering."
- "The Miracle Bra — the name held promise: make me more, maybe enough."
- "As he wolfed down yellowtail from a sushi platter..."
- "toilet tissue titties"
- "I hold on to this idea of a girl at spring dance made desirable by augmentation."
- "Back in my bedroom, the moon is obscured by clouds, but I can still make out my lover's profile. He nuzzles against my flatline."
- "Was he laughing at my breasts? The laugh bounces around in my head like a ping-pong ball tonight."
- "And perhaps a man could accept me for both my flat chest and cushioning."
- "The moon comes out. It seems larger now that it's taken center sky and pushed the clouds from sight. My eyes eye him, as eyes do. I know his body well, waking up to it, studying it while he sleeps, using every inch of it as a text for arousal, remembering back to that first night when his body was a verse not yet read. I am looking at his strong shoulders as if they say, never mind the moon or open window. I imagine tadpoles shimmying toward the moonlight, and the sounds of our lovemaking as if in a dream in which I am enough."
If you are interested in a well-written piece about the magical femininity of breasts that includes a hilarious anecdote about the unintended comical ramifications of buying bras with differently sized padding, try Nora Ephron's "A Few Words About Breasts."
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